baklava-Honest Mum


Here I share my Mum’s recipe for crunchy, nutty and flaky baklava that is a signature dessert for Greeks all over the world.

Let me know if you try this.

Baklava-Honest Mum

It’s easy to make, far easier in fact than it looks so if you fancy it, don’t be put off that it looks a little high maintenance!

baklava-Honest Mum


baklava-Honest Mum

Baklava is a popular, sweet, nut-filled pastry whose origins are from Greece and Turkey, although they can also be found in the bakeries of Northern Africa and the Middle East. Follow this recipe to make your own!


250g walnuts, coarsely chopped.
250g blanched almonds, coarsely chopped.
75g pistachio nuts, coarsely chopped.
Finely grated rind of a lemon.
2 tsp cinnamon
4-5 cloves, ground
75g unsalted butter
125ml vegetable oil
375g packet fresh filo pastry

For the syrup:
600 ml water
350g caster sugar
75g clear honey
2 strips of lemon rind
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 stick cinnamon
4-5 whole cloves



Preheat the oven to 180 c, gas mark 4. Mix the nuts and lemon rind with the cinnamon and cloves in a small bowl. Melt the butter with the oil in a saucepan over a low heat, use a pastry brush and lightly grease the base of a shallow 20cmx 30cm deep baking tray.  Line the baking tin with 1 sheet of pastry, folding over any excess pastry.  Brush this lightly with the melted butter and oil.

Repeat until you have used half of the pastry sheets, brushing each one lightly with butter and oil.

Spread half the nut filling over the pastry and cover with three layers of the filo pastry, brushing butter and oil on each layer. Sprinkle the remaining filling over the pastry.
Add the last sheets of filo pastry on top again brushing butter and oil over each sheet.

Fold any excess pastry underneath to keep the top tidy and finally brush the top of the pastry liberally with butter/oil, making sure that you cover the whole surface.

Dip a sharp knife into boiling water and score through the first 4 sheets making squares or diamond shaped portions. Sprinkle the top sheet of pastry with a little water to prevent it curling upwards. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.

Take the baklava out of the oven and let it cool before adding the syrup.

Meanwhile, make the syrup.
Place the water in a small saucepan with the sugar, honey, lemon rind, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes until the mixture has thickened slightly.

Take the syrup off the heat and let it cool slightly. Discard the lemon rind and spices and pour the hot syrup over the cooled pastry. Leave to soak for a few hours or overnight before cutting into portions.

Serve decorated with chopped pistachio nuts.

Baklava keeps well in the refrigerator for up to one week.


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107 Responses

  1. Alice V

    I’ve had baklava once but it was store bought and not what you’d call “authentic.” I need to find a place to buy it like a real bakery that makes it from scratch. Your Baklava looks scrumptious!

  2. Mel

    Baklava is my favourite “power snack” in the whole wide world… and it is my main craving for this pregnancy. I have my own little recipe, which I was planning to share (and link of course) in the next few weeks. I might wait a few months now, hihi! It is quite different to yours so I would be curious what you think! x Mel

  3. shel l

    id love to dine here its just round the corner from my house and ive heard so much about the lush food


    This looks amazing. I’d like to win this to surprise my daughter and her BF with – they really deserve a fab treat, such a tough year for them, honestly its like they have been living in a really badly written sitcom :).
    They are such foodies a lovely meal at the Olive Tree would be the most fantastic surprise for them 🙂

  5. Linda Slater

    I’m planning a surprise visit to Leeds for my boyfriend, I’ve booked a gig, this would be the icing on the cake ( no pun intended!)

  6. Samantha R

    The Baklava looks so yummy! I went to the Headingley restaurant several years ago, very nice it was too 🙂 Would love to take my partner there

  7. Lynn Evans

    To celebrate our anniversary with a gorgeous meal at The Olive Tree would make it simply perfect. The only problem would be choosing from your extensive menu!

  8. julieanne Reilly

    I visit my niece in Leeds regularly at the university so it would be ideal to enjoy a fab meal and try yet another restaurant! X

  9. Diana Cotter

    My son’s living in Leeds and it would be a lovely surprise to turn up with an invite to this great restaurant.

  10. Claire Appleton

    I would love to win because I absolutely love Greek food and the restaurant looks lovely! I would love to go one evening with my partner for a tasty meal 🙂 (Liked both Facebook pages)

  11. Pauline Appleton

    Would love to take a break from household chores and treat myself to lunch without having to wash up. Not had a meal out for many years and this sounds the perfect place to start again. Just had a look at the restaurants and they all look lovely


    Love Greek food and this looks amazing, Thanks for a great prize 🙂

  13. elaine simpson

    always wanted to try as have heard good feed back from people at work ,hope I am lucky .

  14. Frances Morgan

    There’s a little Greek place down in Wales I went to once very similarly named to this one. Let’s just say from then on I was hooked on Greek food. I started with the mixed dips platter (pligouri, esme, melitzanoslata, houmous, tzatziki and taramosalata) that came with fresh warm bread. Omnom. That was followed by a vegetarian moussaka that was topped with bubbling cheese and then kadaifi which was similar to the baklava. I hadn’t had sweet filo pastry before that but oh. my. god. It was so good I started buying it for home and eventually tried making it at home. I rarely ever get to eat out beyond a hasty coffee snatched from a cafe so needless to say this would be a very special treat.

  15. Carolin

    Oh yummy, this looks like something that good bring me domestic goddess status. Looks really nice…

  16. Lyndsey Beckford

    I went to The Olive Tree with my husband on our 5th wedding anniversary and I’d love it if we could go back for our anniversary in September this year! Thanks! 🙂

  17. John Naylor

    I want to win and take my mother. She deserves a break after recent events and as I live in Leeds it would be a perfect place to give her it.

  18. Claire

    Would love to win this! OH & I could do with a scrummy taste of Greek loveliness seen as the budget no longer stretches to abroad holidays!

  19. liz ferguson

    Hi, I’ve liked both pages. The baklava looks delish – will defo give it a go!

  20. Jenny Ryan

    I would love to win and take one of my best friends out to dinner. She lived in Greece previously and it is her favourite restaurant. She really needs cheering upnat the moment !

  21. Pam

    I want to win because it’s THE best Greek food outside of Greece. Great atmosphere too…and I’d give it to my son and daughter in law because it’s their 4th wedding anniversary today. Efharisto 🙂

    • honestmum

      @Franglaise Mummy thank you, that was on the cards a while back but think they wanted me to run it and I was too busy! You must visit if ever in Leeds x

  22. susan moore

    I’d love to win the vouchers because we’ve been married over 20 years and don’t get to go on many dates together any more – these would be a great excuse for my typical Yorkshire hubby to take me out – someone else is paying. lol

  23. Emily Christodoulou

    I’d love to win so I can take my mum for a fabulous greek meal. I’ve been before many times and loved it but she never has, this would be an opportunity to treat her.

  24. Phillipa Dutton

    I would love to win the vouchers because, as it is for a lot of people, money is a bit tight at the moment and it would give me the opportunity to take my mum out for a really fantastic night out – she would love it!!

  25. Claire Cressey

    I get married in Greece next year and would love a meal at The Olive Tree with my fiancée as we can’t afford to do anything but save for the wedding!

  26. Emma

    I would love to go to the restaurant, I’d make a romantic weekend of it with my Mr 🙂

    Linked up my cheesecake too x

  27. clair downham

    could do with a nice meal out and this looks just the place .have liked both pages

  28. jasmin holland

    It would be awesome to win and have a meal there with my partner and his parents who live in Leeds 🙂

  29. Hannah Ruth

    Yum, I adore baklava! Thanks for doing this lovely linky – I can’t wait to check out all these delicious-looking recipes! x

  30. Andrea

    I’d love to win a visit to the restaurant as I have never been to a greek restaurant before! It looks lovely 🙂

  31. sarahhillwheeler

    Love baklava, although I am afraid I am a tad scared of getting the filo pastry right myself…I used to buy it from Selfridges foodhall in my London days, but yours looks even yummier and I may be brave and give it a try!

  32. Xandi | The Mummy Scripts

    Love baklava and this looks delicious! Great linky idea, we could all do with some fresh new recipes. Wish I lived nearer your family’s restaurants, I would be there all the time! x

  33. Aimee

    Oh I love Papa G’s recipes! This looks like a fantastic weekend breakfast – would that be really naughty?


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